2017 MBA Series

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Whether moving up or starting your own firm, it's important to learn critical skills and new ways of thinking from leaders and business professionals. This series, Mastering the Business of Architecture, will provide in-depth exposure to topics important to practitioners. This series is geared toward emerging and emerged leaders and intended to fill an important gap in the practical, distilled and advanced knowledge available to small and mid-sized practitioners. 

Historic Building Processes


Understand how to utilize historic preservation to benefit your client and expand your architectural design repertoire. This 2-hour interactive lecture led by Sarah Marsom will delve into local and federal historic districts, and state and federal historic tax credits. Utilizing examples of projects in Columbus, Marsom will take you step-by-step through the local design review process and help you understand best methods to expedite local design review. Learn the basics of the historic tax credit application and how your client can earn up to 45% of project costs through historic tax credits. Reflecting on historic tax credit projects in Ohio, we will discuss the National Park Service’s Secretary of the Interior’s Standards are and how to retain your architectural vision, while respecting the standards and the historic architectural elements. You’ll walk away from this lecture with a greater understanding of local, state, and federal perspectives on historic preservation. 

12 PM - 2 PM 

Lunch included!

2.0 HSW Learning Units

The Center of Architecture and Design

50 West Town Street, Suite 110

Columbus, OH   43215


$10 Associate AIA 
$20 AIA & Affiliates
$40 Non-AIA Members

Presented by Sarah Marsom

Sarah Marsom is a historic preservation consultant living in Columbus, Ohio. She is the Chair of the Young Ohio Preservationists, a Heritage Ohio board member and Co-Leader of the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists. Marsom holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and a B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management from Northern Arizona University. She is a primary contributor to the upcoming third edition of Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice. In 2016, she founded the Tiny Jane Project, which inspires people to learn about the history of preservation and planning through hand sewn Jane Jacobs dolls; the Tiny Jane Project is an international success and has developed a scholarship program for emerging professionals.


Schedule:Check back soon for more information and additional sessions!

Friday, February 10, 2017  |  12:00 - 2:00 pm
Presented by: Bruce Faris

Join us as the MBA series returns in 2017 with the first workshop focusing on forecasting with regard to architecture scheduling, hiring, planning, finances, and more. How do you schedule work? How do you know when it's time to get more work, when it's time to hire new people, or when it's time to lean up. Come learn best practices on forecasting a firms needs and how this benefits decision making.

2.0 Learning Units

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Friday, March 31, 2017  |  12:00 - 2:00 pm
Presented by: Design Collective, NBBJ and WSA Studio

Presentation on the importance of workspace design, the various types, and how to develop a positive office culture. More information coming soon!

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Interested in sponsoring the 2017 Mastering the Business of Architecture series? Contact Qisti Gitosuputro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information!

Thanks to the AIA Trust and Victor O. Schinnerer & Company for providing a grant to continue this beneficial series to the AIA Columbus area!


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